When frantic Baltimore club DJ and producer Matic 808 remixed every track from Kanye West’s Yeezus last summer, it was the first time in a long while that Baltimore Club excelled on just its core fundamentals. On the mix, Matic took a piece of pop culture, keyed in on its most memorable moments, and mashed it up completely, all while serving as some sort of comic relief and a party starter.
The 23-year old Matic’s Yeezus: Baltimore Club Edition created a short-lived yet exciting moment for Baltimore club music that was actually from Baltimore. The project garnered interest from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and caught the ear of producer Brenmar, who collaborated with Matic on a remix of The-Dream's "High Art". It was the first time that something from the city seemed to grab outsiders’ attention since 2009’s “I’m The Ish” by DJ Class, which got a Kanye West remix. Before that, it was the mid-2000’s “hipster obsession” moment fronted by local DJ and host of radio station 92Q’s “Off The Hook Radio," K-Swift. But the success of Matic’s remix stalled out. While club music in neighboring East Coast areas like Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia continue to have plenty of exposure, it’s the city that invented the frenetic dance music that appears stuck.